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  • September 23rd, 2011

    LETTER TO THE EDITOR–Keep Antiquities Act

    Re “GOP bills would block new monuments on public land” (Tribune, Sept. 14):

    I’ve run a business in Kanab for 17 years, since before President Bill Clinton designated the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

    Throngs of visitors approve of that application of the Antiquities Act, and so do I… Read more–Salt Lake Tribune

    LETTER TO THE EDITOR–Protect our precious lands

    In a recent article (“Federal landlord robs Utah’s kids,” My View, Sept. 20), Rep. Christopher Herrod wrongly argues that protecting Utah’s precious public lands harms our school kids.

    Consider the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Because of the GSENM, Utah was able to trade off scattered, remote and difficult to develop property in the monument and other areas.

    In return Utah gained $50 million for education, millions more from unleased coal, more than 160 million tons of coal, 185 billion cubic feet of coal bed methane and 139,000 acres of land and minerals in nine counties. Gov. Mike Leavitt lauded the deal, as did Utah’s School Trust Lands Administration, the PTA and Rep. Jim Hansen… Read More–Deseret News

    Poll shows Utahns approve of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

    A new poll shows most Utahns believe the creation of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument has been a good thing, even as Congress debates a proposal that would require lawmakers’ approval for future designations.

    Created in September 1996 by then-President Bill Clinton, the 1.9-million acre monument in southern Utah’s Kane and Garfield counties drew 800,000 visitors last year… Read more–Salt Lake Tribune

    Millions of acres of land you inherited are at risk

    Maybe you weren’t born with a silver spoon in your mouth, but like every American, you carry a deed to 635 million acres of public lands.

    That’s right. Even if you don’t own a house or the latest computer on the market, you own Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and many other natural treasures. It’s one of the greatest benefits of being an American, and it’s one reason we are celebrating Great America Outdoors Week… Read more–Huffington Post

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  • September 22nd, 2011

    The APPLE bill allows states to “claim” five percent of the “unallocated” federal lands in their jurisdiction to increase the tax base for schools. Unallocated means anything not already designated a national park, wilderness, wilderness study area, national monument, etc.—any BLM or Forest Service land not in protected status—which, in Utah, is most of it. Saturday is National Public Lands Day—a great opportunity to head out to enjoy a hike or a picnic on your federal lands, and look around at where you are. It’s likely most of your weekend enjoyment will be brought to you by such “unallocated” lands.

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  • September 20th, 2011

    Here’s what is happening this month with the redrock:
    1. Desolation Canyon is threatened by proposed natural gas development.
    2. Take action for Greater Canyonlands!
    3. Redrock events are happening across the country.
    4. We have 6 new cosponsors of America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act!

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  • September 13th, 2011

    The shameless onslaught of the Great Outdoors Giveaway continued this morning in the House of Representatives when six bills all designed to undermine the Antiquities Act received testimony in the House. One of them, Rep. Rob Bishop’s so-called “Utah Lands Sovereignty Act” would prevent any future president from designating national monuments in the state. But there’s a benefit to National Monuments that frequently gets overlooked by Bishop and his cohorts: they are a boon to the communities that surround them.

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